UPDATE: Pressure washer scammer caught, victim gets help

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Security camera image courtesy: Lexington Police

UPDATE 5 P.M. SEPT. 4, 2020

LEXINGTON, Ky. (WTVQ) – The public has stepped up.

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LexIDme, the Police Department’s Web site for getting community help solving crimes, said Friday afternoon the pressure-washing scam artist publicized Thursday night on WTVQ ABC 36 News has been caught.

“Thanks to tips from the public, this suspect from a Theft By Deception case has been identified! The victim who thought she was paying someone to pressure wash her house has also been helped by the actual contractor she intended to contact,” LexIDme said.

ORIGINAL STORY POSTED 6 P.M. SEPT. 3, 2020

LEXINGTON, Ky. (WTVQ) – Lexington Police say a wrong phone number cost a woman $225 in a pressure washing scam and they’re asking for the public’s help identifying the suspect.

Investigators say the victim was given the wrong number for a person who would pressure wash her driveway.  She sent a text message to the wrong number and said she would pay cash to have her driveway pressure washed.

Police say the person the woman contacted played along as if he was the pressure washer.  Investigators say the man went to the woman’s home, took her $225 for the job to be completed the following day.  Police say the man never returned to do the work.

Anyone with information on the suspect’s identity or whereabouts is asked to contact Lexington Police at 859-258-3600 or submit a tip anonymously through Bluegrass Crime Stoppers.

To see security camera video of the suspect at the reported victim’s home from Lexington Police, click here.

*Note:  The security camera image and video is courtesy of the Lexington Police Dept.

 

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Tom Kenny joined ABC 36 News in June of 2001 as a General Assignment Reporter. A native of Peoria, Illinois, he graduated cum laude with a Bachelor of Arts in Mass Communications from Western Illinois University. He currently anchors ABC 36 News at 5pm, 6pm and 11pm. Tom has more than three decades of experience in broadcast journalism. He is the only broadcast journalist in Lexington television history to be honored with a national Edward R. Murrow Award. Tom was recognized for reporting on a story that gave a rare glimpse inside the secretive world of the Federal Witness Protection Program. He has won an Emmy Award for anchoring and another for investigative reporting, exposing the deceit and potential danger of online diploma mills. Tom has ten other Emmy nominations to his credit for investigative and feature reporting. He has won Associated Press Awards for reporting and anchoring. He has won two Addy Awards for excellence in promotional writing. Tom was the first broadcast journalist in Lexington TV history to be awarded the Silver Circle Award by the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences. It is one of the highest honors given by NATAS. It recognizes television professionals who have performed distinguished service within the television industry for 25-years or more. Tom was honored for more than his longevity, he was recognized for making an enduring contribution to the vitality of the television industry and for setting high standards of achievement. He was also recognized for giving back to the community as a mentor, educator and volunteer. Tom also has network broadcast experience in radio and television having worked as a sports reporter for ESPN, Sportschannel, NBC Sports and the Breeders’ Cup. He was also the studio host and halftime producer for CBS Radio Sports’ College Football Game of the Week and covered the NFL for One-On-One Radio Sports. Prior to joining WTVQ-TV, Tom was Vice-President of the Houston Astros Minor League baseball team in Lexington. He was part of the original management team that brought professional baseball back to the Bluegrass after a nearly 50-year absence. Tom has lived in Lexington since 1984. In that time, he has been heavily involved with dozens of charity and civic groups, with a special emphasis on helping Veterans. He can be reached at tkenny@wtvq.com. You can also follow Tom on Facebook www.facebook.com/TomKennyABC and Twitter @TomKennyNews. Just click on the links at the top of the page.